VERONA, NJ — The Land Conservancy of New Jersey assisted the township of Verona in acquiring two properties for preservation, totaling 22 acres, last December. 

One property is located on Mt. Prospect Avenue, adjacent to the Eagle Rock Reservation nature preserve, located along the Watchung Mountains ridge line. This acquisition adds 14 acres to the 400-acre preserve and is one of the last remaining large tracts of land in the township.

The property consists of mature deciduous trees and a small area of riverine wetlands, which are the headwaters to the Peckman River. There is an informal trail that crosses the stream and leads to the reservation’s 1.6-mile red trail.  

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The second property is 12 acres off Commerce Court in a residential neighborhood. The Peckman River flows along the western edge of this land, which is a mix of upland forest and meadow. The township plans on vacating the Commerce Court cul-de-sac area and redeveloping the area for passive recreational uses.  

“We know that green spaces improve the quality of life for people who live and work in this community, so acquiring these properties was worth all of the hard work," Verona Township Manager Matthew Cavallo said, "We could not have done it without the expertise of The Land Conservancy team.” 

TLCNJ’s Land Preservation Specialist Linda Gloshinski said, “This was our first land preservation project with the township, and it was a big one. Being an Essex County native, I = understand the value of open space in your neighborhood. It was very rewarding to preserve over 22 acres in Verona Township that will benefit the community for years to come.” 

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey is a member-supported, non-profit, accredited land  trust.